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Emerging from the COVID crisis: What have we learned, and where do we go from here?

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Dr. Mandy Cohen will present the 13th annual Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Lecture in Public Policy on Wednesday, March 23rd, on the topic “Emerging from the Covid Crisis: Where Do We Go From Here?” The lecture will be at 5:00 p.m. in Moeser Auditorium of Hill Hall on the UNC campus; it is free and open to the public and will also be live-streamed as a webinar. Zoom link: https://unc.zoom.us/j/92535392254

Dr. Mandy Cohen is an internal medicine physician and nationally recognized public health expert with extensive public sector experience in senior leadership positions at the state and federal level. Most recently, Dr. Cohen served as the Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services from January 2017 until December 2021. Dr. Cohen led and was the face of North Carolina’s COVID response for Governor Cooper, participating in more than 150 press conferences. Her leadership and the state’s COVID response have been lauded for its focus on equity, data accountability, and transparent communication. Dr. Cohen also led the transition of North Carolina’s Medicaid program to managed care, and received national recognition for its innovation and its focus on whole-person care and the non-medical drivers of health.

Dr. Cohen has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, and currently serves as an adjunct professor at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. A graduate of Cornell University, she received her medical degree from Yale School of Medicine as well as a Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health; she trained in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.